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14 Great NYC Thanksgiving Dining Options

<p>Chef Harold Moore, of the West Village favorite Commerce, and visionary of the <a href="http://gothamist.com/2008/05/30/chef_harold_moo.php">famous</a> 8-piece bread basket, has always been about stylish accessibility when it comes to dining. It seems fitting then, that Commerce should offer an ala carte menu of Thanksgiving specials to make you truly feel at home for the holidays. Dishes are priced individually, with entrees like a classic of roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberries ($38), a pomegranate glazed ham with sweet potatoes and collards ($38), and a place combination option ($42). Seasonal sides ($12-$17) include favorites such as sweet potato gratin with marshmallows, roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, and an oyster dressing with bacon and saltines. Commerce is now accepting reservations for 1pm until 11pm for Thanksgiving Day.<em>(Sarah Bibi)</em></p><p></p><em>Commerce // 50 Commerce Street // (212) 524-2301</em>


<a href="http://gothamist.com/2010/09/09/new_restaurant_and_bar_radar_19.php?gallery0Pic=3">The Lambs Club</a> is gearing up for Thanksgiving Day, offering hot drinks like "parade route" mulled hot cider and hot cocoa with vanilla cream for those sitting down and giving up on the freezing parade and for those crazy enough to brave the cold again and take the drinks to go. A $65 prix-fixe two-course dinner is also an option, and we prefer two-coursers for family members we'd rather not make small talk with for five hours. Chestnut veloute with honey poached cranberries and fried chestnuts and a foie gras terrine with chilled quince are two of five appetizer options and can be followed by a roasted amish turkey, a prime demonic, a chatham cod, or a heritage pork chop. <p></p><em>The Lambs Club // 132 W 44th St // (212) 997-5762</em>


<p>Gramercy Tavern and Craft alumni Marco Canora and Paul Grieco bring us what they call a "cornucopia of excitement" on Thanksgiving at <a href="http://gothamist.com/2005/06/10/camera_in_the_kitchen_hearth.php">Hearth</a>, cooking all the classics. It's a three-course meal served from 2:00 p.m. - 7 p.m. (we wonder at what point Thanksgiving Dinner becomes brunch) for $75 per person and $35 for children. A fennel soup or salad starter can brighten the palate before jumping into the heritage turkey with caramelized leek and sage stuffing, sirloin, or olive oil poached salmon. Sides are served family style, just in case the whole fam damily was concerned about trying each other's Sauteed Rapini with Garlicky Bread crumbs. Oh, and pumpkin pudding cake with rum raisin ice cream sounds right up our alley. </p><p></p><em><a href="http://www.restauranthearth.com/">Hearth</a> // 403 E 12th St // (646) 602-1300</em>



<a href="http://gothamist.com/2008/10/28/andrew_carmellini_and_gwen_hyman_au.php">Andrew Carmellini</a>, Daniel Boulud's celebrated understudy, fully utilizes his family-style cooking approach to make Thanksgiving dinner worth your while. A mushroom zuppa, pumpkin angnolotti, or autumn salad leads off the prix fixe followed by a mandatory turkey entree filled with figs and hazelnut stuffing and topped off with a maple pumpkin pie or an apple pie, just in case you forgot that Thanksgiving is just about the most American holiday there is. But you could always abandon Thanksgiving specials for Locanda Verde's customary Italian foodstuffs. The three-courser is $75 per person and will be offered from 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. <p></p><a href="http://www.locandaverdenyc.com/">Locanda Verde</a> // 375 Greenwich St at N. Moore St // (212) 925-3797


<p>For vegetarians and pescetarians who curse the day Thanksgiving institutionalized mass Turkey slaughter (or who would just rather not eat Thanksgiving turkey) do have a dining out option open at <a href="http://gothamist.com/2007/12/20/matthew_kenney.php">Pure Food and Wine</a>, which <a href="http://twitter.com/purefoodandwine">offers entirely raw vegan options</a>. First courses includes a black walnut gullet with black mission fig and cippolini onions, lemon mascarpone, and braised escarole or a red mustard greens and argula salad with pomegranate seeds and spiced pistachio brittle. Instead of turkey, they offer delicate squash soup with bourbon maple reduction and poached lobster mushrooms or a pumpkin seed and sage tart with maple spiced baby carrots to keep the flavors of autumn alive. The four-course meal is capped off with red wine poached apples and a pumpkin parfait, ensuring that the herbivorous don't miss a beat this year. </p><p></p><em><a href="http://www.oneluckyduck.com/purefoodandwine/">Pure Food and Wine</a> // 54 Irving Place // (212) 477-1010</em>


<p>Charlie Palmer's <a href="http://gothamist.com/2009/07/06/aureole.php">Aureole</a> is going for the big shebang, offering two seatings for Turkey Day eats. If you're among the crazies getting to the Parade at 5 a.m., you'll be hungry enough by 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. to eat a 2-course brunch that includes assorted pastries, and you'll definitely be cold enough to substitute Bloody Marys, mimosas, coffee, and tea for extra outwear. 42nd street views of the parade from the comfort of a warm place that feeds can be yours for just $250.</p><p></p> Dinner seems a little tamer but offers options for the whole family. There are traditional butternut squash soup and turkey with cranberry sauce options, but also a diver sea scallop "sandwich" with foie gras appetizer and scottish organic salmon with fiji apples or a red-sauced tricolor ravioli dish among other things just in case classic Thanksgiving fare isn't really your thing. Prices are $115 for adults and $55 for children under 12. <p></p><em>Aureole // 135 W. 42nd St // (212) 319-1660</em>



<p>For a <a href="http://gothamist.com/2005/04/07/jon_bloostein_owner_heartland_brewery_and_spankys_bbq.php">less expensive option</a>, there's always Heartland Brewery, which is offering a four course prix fixe meal for $29.50 for adults and $14.95 for kids under 12. And since we all know that everyone eats the same on Thanksgiving, they'll also be serving favorites like butternut squash soup, a salad, roasted turkey with sage stuffing, and a pumpkin pie or cheesecake for dessert. Reservations can be made for any time between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., but we suggest the later times since it is a brewery after all, and Thanksgiving is <a href="http://gothamist.com/2008/07/02/heartland.php">as boozy a holiday as any</a>.</p><p></p><em><a href="http://www.heartlandbrewery.com/Menus.php">Heartland Brewery</a> // Multiple locations</em>


<em>Francesco Tonelli</em><p></p><strong>ELEVEN MADISON PARK: </strong>New York Times' 4-star rated restaurant Eleven Madison Park makes us bow in grateful submission on an ordinary day, so we are particularly honored to give thanks for a feast like this. Celery Root Veloute opened <a href="http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/10/thanksgiving-menu-at-eleven-madison-park.html">last year's meal</a> followed by heirloom beats, foie gras torchon with honey crisp apples and cinnamon meringue, alaskan king crab, or alba truffles tagliolini and cemented into Thanksgiving legend with traditional turkey, beef, or salmon options. Sides like braised red cabbage, cranberry chutney, brussel sprouts with bacon, and baked sweet potatoes served to the whole table before caramel apple, sheep's milk cheesecake, and araguani chocolate cremeux with butternut squash dessert options leave you in food coma. It will come at a hefty price of $175 per person, but the heavy hitter restaurants are the heavy hitters for a reason, and Thanksgiving is already the most gluttonous holiday we can think of.<p></p><em><a href="http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com">Eleven Madison Park</a> // 11 Madison Ave at 24th St // (212) 889-0905</em>


<p>Brooklynites who don't want to cross the bridge into Manhattan, don't want to cook, but also don't want to forego upscale eating-out-on-Thanksgiving fare can opt for a romantic holiday feasting on River Cafe's $125 per person 4-courser. From 1 p.m. - 8 p.m., diners enjoy a roasted onion flan in an eggshell with suckling pig ragout to start, then eight first course options including foie gras and oysters, then a main course with time-honored turkey, or venison, or duck, or sea bass for those so inclined. The real kicker is obviously the view, which is highlighted by a one-night-only handmade chocolate Brooklyn Bridge. Classic pumpkin and apple-marzipan cake options are still available. <em><a href="http://www.rivercafe.com/">River Cafe</a> // 1 Water St at Old Fulton St // (718) 522-5200</em></p>


<p>Thanksgiving is about cozying up with family, and Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem seems like the perfect place to get your fix of soul food. The legendary Queen of Soul Food dolled out heaping portions of roasted turkey, stuffing, ham, collard greens, candied yams and macaroni <a href="http://harlembespoke.blogspot.com/2009/11/eat-sylvias-for-thanksgiving.html">last year</a> for $29.95 per person for groups of five or more. Seatings are from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., but spots are filling up fast this season. </p><p></p><em><a href="http://www.sylviasrestaurant.com/">Sylvia's</a> // 328 Lenox Ave near 127th St // (212) 996-0660</em>


<p>Only a 7-minute ferry ride from downtown Manhattan and boasting sweeping views of the skyline, <a href="http://gothamist.com/2010/09/16/new_restaurant_and_bar_radar_20.php">Maritime Parc</a> welcomes those that are in town, but want to get out of the city. Its doors stay open to deliver a 4-course menu plus sides. There will be butternut squash soup as a starter; smoked sturgeon and caviar, grilled squid, or braised pork agnolotti as a first choice; and turkey, salmon, pheasant, or duck for a second choice. Sides include baked polenta, a vegetable ginger gratin, and oyster sausage dressing among other things. This nautical-themed destination caps off a very terrestrial holiday with your choice of maple cheesecake with dried cannery pumpkinseed streusel and squash ice cream, sticky toffee pudding, deep dish apple pie, or pumpkin bread cake for $65 per person with an additional $35 per person if you opt for a wine tasting. </p><p></p><em>Maritime Parc // 84 Audrey Zapp Dr [Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ] // (201) 413-0050</em>


<p>Named after the mythological figure Aeolus, ruler of the wind, <a href="http://gothamist.com/2010/10/28/new_restaurant_and_bar_radar_27.php?gallery0Pic=3#gallery">Eolo</a> serves a delicious offering from the Sicilian region of Italy. This Thanksgiving, they’ve adapted their menu to accommodate the flavors of the holiday, while sticking to their Sicilian roots. Their $69 pre-fixe (not including beverages) will get you a soup of turnip and vanilla bean puree; a choice appetizer including duck confit with braised red cabbage, chestnuts, and pomegranate molasses; and a pasta (we hear their gnudi is to die for.) But wait, there are three more courses! The Secondi includes a lamb roast with braised escarole and a vegetarian quarto option for vegetarians. Follow this course with a dessert of your choice, but it may be impossible to choose between the warm pinoli tart with almond crust and milk chocolate semifredo and the pumpkin custard brulee. The holidays are all about sharing; enjoy your last course, the Sicilian cubaita, fried dough cooked in honey, with the ones you love, or guilt them into letting you guzzle them all up yourself. <em>(Sarah Bibi)</em></p><p></p><em>Eolo // 190 7th Avenue // (646) 225-6606</em>



<p>We know Thanksgiving's not exactly the easiest holiday for the herbivorous, but <a href="http://gothamist.com/2008/10/20/deborah_gavito_counter.php">Counter</a> will be offering a prix-fixe vegetarian menu for $50 a person, plus $25 if you opt for a decadent wine pairing. The four-course meal opens with a creamy butternut-miso soup followed by a salad; then an entree of maple-herb roasted seitan, wild mushroom and sage gravy; apple-fennel stuffing; candied yams and peaches, and more, ensuring that none of the flavors of Thanksgiving get lost on a vegetarian palate. Not that desserts are generally meaty, but these sound particularly autumnal and delicious: pear-cranberry crumble with cinnamon ice cream or a spiced sugar pumpkin-apple cake with nutmeg ice cream and pumpkin seed brittle. Seatings are from 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.</p><p></p><em><a href="http://www.counternyc.com/">Counter</a> // 105 1st Ave // (212) 982-5870</em>


<p>Less than a year old, <a href="http://gothamist.com/2010/02/04/new_restaurants_4.php">Wall &amp; Water </a>, Argentine Chef Lopez May's impeccable restaurant venture located in the Andaz Hotel on Wall Street, is serving its usual--though not ordinary--local and fresh fare for $65 per person ($32 for children 5-12, free for children under 5) from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Appetizers including smoked fish, oysters, cheese, and charcuterie along with basic salad, and desserts such as apple pie, chocolate cake, berry crumble, pumpkin pie, and make-your-own sundaes, are served buffet style under the titles "Marble Larder, Communal Table, and Chefs Table" respectively. For those turned off by buffet-style family holidays, fear not. The heart of the meal, the roasted turkey, will be served hot to diners along with the usual veggie, grits, and potatoes accoutrement we expect. (There are also options for grilled swordfish, braised veal leg, and vegetarian soup for those so inclined.)</p><p></p><em>Wall &amp; Water // 75 Wall St. // (212) 679-1700</em>